Alan Redpath rightly said, there is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch you until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to you. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which you may not understand at the moment. Nonetheless, refuse to become panicky, as you lift up your eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God as manure to enable you to be even more productive.
One of the most refreshing scriptures I have ever come across is in John 15:16. In essence, the scripture says, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit. For this reason God the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name…”
The first thing that came to mind after reading the above scripture was that I am a consequence of His choice. The life I call ‘mine’ is not mine after all, but God’s. I did not decide to be born the way I was born and frankly I’ve contributed nothing to be who I am today. God had a purpose in mind and made me to fulfill that purpose. God loved me before He created me. He deserves all the credits for what ever I have been, for who ever I am now and for what ever I will have proven to be. If He loved me when I was still a sinner, as the Bible says, I can do nothing to make Him love or hate me more.
God maintains control of my destiny and will surely perfect it. As Paul the Apostle said, nothing in heaven, nothing on earth or in hell… nothing in the past, nothing in the present or in the future is strong enough to distort His love for me. Simply put, God’s love for me is from everlasting to everlasting.
Another lesson I gleaned from the text is that I was born to be productive. Fruitfulness is another word for success. The Oxford Dictionary defines success as the attainment of a desired aim or purpose. God created us to fulfil a certain purpose – purpose that serves needs for the greater good of others. Some were born to be accountants, some to become artists and others to be lawyers. So God’s success for us all is to become what He desired us to be – not what we would like to be.
Every farmer does whatever is necessary to ensure he/she gets bountiful harvest. Likewise God is determined to make my life a great success because my success is actually His success. God may not give us everything we want, but He will definitely provide us with everything we need to be productive.
I studied agriculture in College. But one doesn’t need to have a College degree to know that most of the things the vine needs to produce sweet grapes aren’t sweet at all. One of those things is fertilizer. How on earth does a vine produce sweet grapes from bitter and distasteful manure only God knows. Ironically, the things we dislike the most are the very things we need to succeed. Again, only God knows how to produce gratifying success from bitter experiences.
God will never let you go through an experience that has nothing to do with your destiny. Anything that comes your way – no matter how painful it might be – is meant to make you a better, productive and a happier person.
I guess the question now is not whether God loves you or not. The issue is not if God’s purpose for your life will ever be fulfilled or not. Nevertheless, the challenge is to accept His unconditional eternal love, line-up your thoughts with His thoughts and trust the integrity of His actions in your life. This, my friend, is the anchor of your soul!